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setting the scene for nobody 2001 first appeared in mission: untitled (blue) at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, in 2001. setting the scene for nobody is a standalone artwork. The artwork's medium includes poster, watercolour and lead pencil on paper, acrylic on wood, telephone, tape recorder with tape of phone ringing, measuring, overall, table, wood and glass, 550hx 550w x 550d mm; chair , plywood, 300h x 300w x 300d mm; 5 paintings on plywood 400h x 400w mm;.
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Watercolour text: Finish setting the scene for nobody by checking whether you have put in place the: 1. row of paintings nobody likes? yes / no 2. corner protectors for marks nobody leaves? yes / no 3. ringing of a telephone that nobody can answer? yes / no 4. photographs of corner-paintings taken with nobody in mind? yes / no 5. copies of an art catalogue that nobody reads? yes / no 6. doorway through which nobody will enter? yes / no 7. poster for a sculptural situation that nobody will see? yes / no 8. empty ledge, upon which rests the moment that waits for nobody? yes / no Checked? Sign the time ________ and date_______ then quickly depart before nobody sees you. from the Encyclopaedia of setting scenes page 160301 a. telephone and catalogue on table b. a noisy corner consisting of telephone rings and pauses c. place on wall where was once a poster for a sculptural situation d. an empty ledge for the moment that awaits nobody Contents of art catalogue that nobody reads : for an exhibition nobody went to: – Fergus Armstrong : a letter to the people of 5,000 years hence from a Japanese school child included in the Expo ‘70 capsule in Osaka; – Sandra Bridie: her Gallery and Museums Studies Resarch Quaestions, entitled ‘Artists as Curators’, left unanswered; – Andrew Hurle: two empty forms; – Gail Hastings: an excerpt from an article on the architecture of James Birrell to be published in Monument Magazine.
|16/03/2001||mission: untitled (blue), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (cur. Stuart Koop), Melbourne|
Stuart Koop, mission: untitled (blue), exhibition catalogue, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne 2001.
Stuart Koop, ‘Gail Hastings’, red: Text / Images / Sounds, exhibition catalogue, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne 2001, p.61.